Not sure I completely agree with the point that we should be warning our kids that they are targets of racism/prejudice.Sonia Kang and I have a study (under review) showing that young children (grade 1) tend to be overly influenced by authority figures and tend to trust what these figures say more than their own personal experience. So they dislike other children when an experimenter says that these other children are prejudiced, even when these other children in fact act very nicely to them. So having been taught at a very young age that "some people may not like you because you are Jewish" could have led me to attribute benign or even positive behavior to prejudice, thereby robbing me of chances to make a non-Jewish friend. So while it may be good to talk to kids about prejudice (and being a target of prejudice), it may be best to talk to them about this when they are developmentally ready--and we are finding that this happens, on average, around grade 5.

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